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The residence time of solids in gas-fluidized beds

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A critical survey is given of the different models proposed for solids transport in gas-fluidized beds. It is shown that many of the models can fit the residence time distribution curve—the Ft-t curve—fairly well despite the fact that the physical behaviour of the bed is not recognized in these models. The intensity curve is recommended as a good tool for comparison of the models with the experiments.

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... 5 Kunii and Levenspiel 9 showed that, at gas velocities close to u mf , the segregation of jetsam particles is more dominant than at higher velocities. Verloop et al. 10 reported that gas fluidized beds approach perfect mixing for u 0 > 1.5u mf , whereas other investigators gave much higher values. Peeler and Huang, 4 for example, investigated the mixing of sand particles having particle sizes of 208 and 2020 µm and found perfect mixing for u 0 > 15u mf . ...
... To investigate the reproducibility of the experiments, the measurements were rerun four times as shown in Figure 4, and it is clear that the results are very reproducible. The experimental data follow the curve calculated with which is in accordance with Verloop et al. 10 and Levenspiel, 24 giving the equation for a continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR) in series with a plug-flow reactor (PFR). The parameter z gives the time when the first particle exits the siphon and was found to be quite constant with According to Verloop et al. 10 and Levenspiel, 24 z gives the residence time of particles in the PFR, t res,PFR , ...
... The experimental data follow the curve calculated with which is in accordance with Verloop et al. 10 and Levenspiel, 24 giving the equation for a continuously stirred tank reactor (CSTR) in series with a plug-flow reactor (PFR). The parameter z gives the time when the first particle exits the siphon and was found to be quite constant with According to Verloop et al. 10 and Levenspiel, 24 z gives the residence time of particles in the PFR, t res,PFR , ...
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